Hello everyone! Welcome back to the new music roundup. We’re here for a roundup of five of the best recently released tracks. They’re not all within the same genre and they’re all different in some way or another but that means that there’s a little something for everyone here but come on, let’s get down to the music!
First up this week is that one who keeps delivering amazing riffs and fantastic tracks, Machine Gun Kelly. His latest release, ‘Concert For Aliens’ sees him team up with Travis Barker (Blink-182) for a piece which just channels classic Pop-Punk in th ebest ways and if you’re wondering…. yes. It’s stuck in my head.
Seconds on this week is the Rockers from down south in As It Is.
The band recently released a reworked version of their track, ‘Soap’ which featured on their 2017 record, ‘Okay’.
The band performed the re-imagining of the track during their Fearless Records virtual music festival, ‘Fearless At Home’ set, which originally took place back in May.
The studio version, titled as ‘Soap 2020’ is available to listen to below.
Keeping in the realm of Pop-Punk right now, Knuckle Puck are gearing towards their upcoming record, ’20/20′ which is set to be released on the 18th September 2020.
The band have released their fourth track from the upcoming release in the form of ‘What Took You So Long?’ which is another brilliant evocative form of Pop-Punk.
Now, get ready to discover one of your next favourite bands.
For the penultimate pick this week, I’ve selected Honey Joy whom released a new song from their forthcoming second album ‘II’, which is set for release 04 Sept via London indie punk label Everything Sucks. The song ‘Pain’ is about a patient vocalist Meg Tinsley was tending to (in her role as a nurse) who was in a lot of pain.
‘Pain’ exemplifies Honey Joy’s ability to draw upon their punk rock and indie pop influences in a cathartic swirl of sound and spirit. It’s also representative of the album’s split inspiration. ‘II’ is a journey between the dark and the light. Meg wrote half the songs whilst signed-off sick from work due to her mental health and the other half when she was out the other side and on a mission of self love. It’s “an exploration of the places your mind can go and a narrative of my experiences during those times,” she says.
Matt, Jay (drums), Giles (guitar) and Joe (bass) grew up together and have been playing music in bands with each other since they were 16 years old. As Honey Joy, the band have played shows across the UK and in Europe and the US. They released their self-titled debut album in 2017.
And lastly for this week we had to go with this artist. For the last few weeks Marilyn Manson has been getting fans ready to ‘prepare’ for an announcement and for good reason.
‘We Are Chaos’ is the first new music off his upcoming eleventh studio record set to be released on 11th September 2020.
On the record, Manson explains:
“When I listen to We Are Chaos now, it seems like just yesterday or as if the world repeated itself, as it always does, making the title-track and the stories seem as if we wrote them today. This was recorded to its completion without anyone hearing it until it was finished. There is most definitely a side A and side B in the traditional sense. But just like an LP, it is a flat circle and it’s up to the listener to put the last piece of the puzzle into the picture of songs.”
He continues: “This concept album is the mirror Shooter [Jennings] and I built for the listener – it’s the one we won’t stare into. There are so many rooms, closets, safes and drawers. But in the soul or your museum of memories, the worst are always the mirrors. Shards and slivers of ghosts haunted my hands when I wrote most of these lyrics.
“Making this record, I had to think to myself: ‘Tame your crazy, stitch your suit. And try to pretend that you are not an animal,’ but I knew that mankind is the worst of them all. Making mercy is like making murder. Tears are the human body’s largest export.”
And that’s it for another week of a countdown of the best singles out in the world in the last week. Be sure to check back next-time for another round of great music videos. If you have any suggestions for me to check out, be sure to send an email or message us via the socials on Facebook or Twitter!
Online festivals are surely becoming the norm in 2020 but could they become the new normal? Nevertheless, the rock community is getting its hands in as Five4Five fest is confirming it’s full lineup.
The reason it’s being called Five4Five fest though? 10 bands in total over the two days on May 15th and 16th.
And now we have the full lineup.
Friday 15th May 2020
Deaf Havana Hot Milk
Saturday 16th May 2020
As It Is
The Dangerous Summer
Tickets to watch are free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to donate £5 which will go towards the NHS to help them during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. A link will be provided at the time of the festival for the people to submit their donation.
Along with the performances, prizes are to be won on each date.
Acoustic goodness is coming as Set It Off, Grayscale, As It Is and more are set to appear on the upcoming ‘Punk Goes Acoustic Vol.3’ Record.
It’s being released on July 26th and available to preorder right now via the following link, where the ‘Punk Goes…’ social media accounts have been teasing the announcement all this week as well as their website being given a very retro Myspace feel.
Check out the details below.
And how did they announce the bands that would be participating to the record? A top 12 of course!
Here is the tracklisting for the record.
1. Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Story Of My Bros’
2. Circa Survive – ‘Act Appaled’
3. Taking Back Sunday – ‘A Decade Under The Influence’
4. Dashboard Confessional – ‘Screaming Infidelities’ (feat. Abigail Sevigny)
5. Mayday Parade – ‘Take This To Heart’
6. Movements – ‘Colorblind’
7. Underoath – ‘A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black and White’
8. Don Broco – ‘Come Out To LA’
9. Set It Off – ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing ‘
10. As It Is – ‘Okay’
11. Grayscale- ‘Atlantic’
12. The Almost – ‘Hand Grenade’
The first two tracks from Taking Back Sunday and Set It Off have been released. Check them out below.
Hey everyone, keeping up with the Slam Dunk festival posts I’m doing this week, today’s post is going to be on my top five sets from bands at Slam Dunk Festival. These coast to the bands from 2014 – 2019 but they do not include the years 2015 and 2017 because I was not in attendance for them as I was working at the time and couldn’t get them off work (sobs). But there have been some standout performances in the years and I wanted to reminisce about what I saw and there’s going to be more on that but without further ado, my top five Slam Dunk Festival sets
5. Creeper (2018, Jagermeister Stage)
Before seeing them, I’d listen to Creeper in passing but up close on stage they were just on a different level to everyone else at the festival. With them being over on the arena sage it was a surprise that they weren’t higher on the bill for the festival because they really just exploded onto the scene and came up in a way that nobody had done in a while and if they ever do come back as another band or on another record cycle, then you just have to see it believe it.
4.With Confidence (2017, Key Club Stage)
I remember being so excited to see everyone on this stage in 2017. In fact, I was dodging in and out of places to get a glimpse but With Confidence were ones I’d been dying to see for a while. Besides from Set It Off and Tonight Alive, they were the bands whom I saw that just really connected with the crowd and made an attempt to get them excited and moving who succeeded. t’s tacks such as ‘Voldemort’ which cemented the belief that they were going to be the new thing to watch on the scene and when they return (maybe) they’ll do a lot better than this first attempt.
3. Set It Off (2015 Main Stage)
This was the first time Slam Dunk Festival was at the new area, they moved it from the Leeds University campus, closer to the centre of town so they could have a larger crowd of people and get to spread out things across Leeds. But what I remember for Set It Off on this occasion was just a full half hour or so of energy being delivered to the crowd and the crowd just wanting more. With their record, Duality, there was just nothing that they couldn’t do and everyone was feeding into every time and time again from their on-set shenanigans when Cody was funnily introducing everyone during Ancient History to him crowd surfing his butt off and giving some love to the crowd.
2. Tonight Alive ( 2017, Key Club Stage)
I say this performance because they had come a long way since their 2014 introduction. With this performance, they were three records in (I believe) by this point and nothing could stop them. With favourites such as Lonely Girl and The Ocean (which mad its debut at Slam Dunk 2014 as well) they just cemented why Tonight Alive were headliners and a band that is forever going to be on the rise. They commanded and controlled the crowd, toying with their emotions where they became the embodiment of angels (at least to the crowd) but what I love about seeing tonight alive is the atmosphere they bring, they always bring 110% to the crowd in a way that no other band are able to match, well at least for that years festival.
As It Is (2018, Signature Stage
For As It Is, The Great Depression hadn’t even been released yet but they were on the cusp of changing just about everything which made the band identifiable as, as it is. But, that didn’t stop them from getting the crowd in circle pits, having a great time and playing their hearts out last year. They showed Leeds what they’d been missing out on with the Brighton boys just having that little bit of swagger which was enough to give everything to the crowd but with The Wounded World just recently being released, it was all the better to see live because that for me was where the energy never stopped. As It Is proved that their members were much more than the sum of their band, they were a band who’ll be transcendent much after they one day decide to call it quits.
And that’s it for my second post in the run-up to this year’s Slam Dunk Festival. Make sure to check out my other posts this week and hopefully, you’ll have an amazing time seeing all your favourite bands play.
Slam Dunk Festival is happening this weekend and I’m heading over to the Leeds Date! That means I need to make some plans and fast but thus far, I haven’t remotely decided on who I’m going to be watching from the crowd this year!
But I thought in the run-up to the festival over the next few days, a few posts would be dedicated to the festival and I’d share some memories and some bands you can’t miss out on if you’re going as well!
So, with that in mind, here are five artists I can’t miss at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival (and the stages they’ll be playing on).
5. Employed To Serve (The Key Club Stage)
Employed To Serve are one of the best bands on the rise within the UK at the moment. It came as a massive surprise that they’re playing the festival, especially on The Key club stage but what I love about Slam Dunk Festival is that they put all sorts of varying bands on the different stages and if there’s one thing I know ETS can do, it’s play a damned great set! With the release of their latest record, Eternal Forward Motion out now, then the fresh material will help get the place moving and cement the Woking based band as one of the best British bands in the UK.
4. Lizzy Farrall (Acoustic Stage)
With the transition to the full band, Lizzy Farrall is coming across to the Acoustic stages again where she first hit her stride. I love the acoustic stages at festivals because it’s a chance for artists to be as intimate as possible with the audience and that’s something Lizzy always nails. Her tracks are always so personal to the listener which is the main reason she’s pulled in so many listeners in the first place and with that in mind, it makes her material all the more relatable. With her supporting fellow performer Lights on her UK tour prior to the festival, I’m sure she’ll give a great performance across the dates for the 2019 festival.
3. William Ryan Key (Marshall Stage)
Heartwarming and emotion, it can only be Ryan Key. Since Yellowcard disbanded he’s been on quite a few tours as a solo artist, working with different bands in the studio and working for Marvel Comics (yeah that actually happened). But what I remember the most is the emotion that Ryan gives through his solo work, he connects to the audience in a way only a few bands are able to dream of doing. What’s more is that he’s a true artist where he reinterprets older material he’s been a part of so that he can reach out further to the audience and it that which makes him one of the best artists the organisers could have booked for the 2019 iteration of this festival.
2. Milk Teeth (Dickies Stage)
Now, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to see Milk Teeth. This is mostly because they hardly ever do a North Easterly date! The time before last (because it was only recently they played in Leeds) was at the Key Club in Leeds a couple of years ago as part of a headlining run. But since then, the band have had a few personnel changes and had some rejuvenation for themselves and found that spark which made them so interesting to both listen to and watch. I’m so happy they were able to do this with Stain because it incorporates their best material from the Be Nice & Go Away EP’s and moulds both into something truly remarkable for the Punk scene. Hopefully, we’ll hear this latest track from the band during their set and people will go nuts for them.
As It Is (Monster Energy Stage)
It was between As It Is and All Time Low I think for me. But the reason I’ve chosen As It Is would be because they’re the band I’ve connected the most within recent years and it’s topics such as mental health that they’ve written about which has helped myself throughout the last few years and made me okay with who I am today. But the reason they’re at the top of my list is because of the performances they give and their personas they adopt for their records. Everything about them screams larger than life for themselves to their music in a way no band has been able to do for a long time and it’s from this spectacle that makes them one of the best bands on the lineup for the day.
Slam Dunk festival 2019 takes place on 25th May 2019 at Temple Newsam Park, Leeds and 26th May 2019 Hatfield Park, London. Below you’ll be able to find the full lineup.
Recently, Stand Atlantic have been touring throughout the UK and the EU, as have As It Is as they’ve been supporting Enter Shikari.
Stand Atlantic were playing in Cologne and As It Is had the day off so they went to show their support to the Pop-Punkers but they weren’t just in attendance. They went on stage to perform with them as the Aussie rockers performed ‘Coffee At Midnight’!
They’re currently touring the UK as part of their intimate run and now, there’s a new EP coming titled as ‘Denial: Reimagined’.
This EP will be the first of four parts and will see further releases of their latest full-length record, ‘The Great Depression’, reimagined.
Each of the four parts will come with their own artwork which will create one large piece of art when they’re all released.
On this, Patty Walters has said: “We are so incredibly excited to announce that we have reimagined the entirety of our album, ‘The Great Depression’. We believe that reimagined songs can breathe new life and meaning into the lyrics, opening the door to find further truths within music. We hope that you enjoy this new, exciting, and immersive extension of The Great Depression.”